Since her very first scene in Season 1, “Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke has been inextricably linked to the word “nudity.” In the years since, we’ve seen her character Daenerys Targaryen do sex scenes while fully-clothed, turn down jobs over nudity, but then appear again recently in an epic “GoT” scene that had her burning the Dothraki council to death while she emerged unharmed — and undressed.
Much like Daenerys herself, Clarke has become a sex symbol for the masses. But with all her seemingly-contradictory statements on disrobing, fans might not be aware that some degree of it has been visual trickery. Meet Rosie Mac, the recently-jettisoned body double for HBO’s highly-desired dragon mother.
A model, actress and self-described “part-time mermaid,” the stunner has an undeniable Clarke-like figure. Her Instagram is … well, let’s just say it’s not hard to look at.
Browsing through her pics, you can see lots of modeling shots of Rosie with various looks and colors of hair. But the best photos might just be the Bizarro-like images of herself dressed like the Khaleesi, sometimes alongside other “GoT” body doubles.
But here’s where things get really interesting: Last October, following Season 5, Mac revealed that she was leaving the show. Instead, it seems, Clarke decided that she wanted to make the watercooler-worthy scenes as natural as possible. The move may have been spurred on by an unfortunate encounter with an overly-aggressive reporter.
“I was followed into a party by a journalist who asked me a question about female empowerment and then quoted me entirely out of context for an outlet I didn’t agree to speak with,” Clarke posted on Instagram around the same time as Mac’s departure. “In drama, if a nude scene forwards a story or is shot in a way that adds insight into characters, I’m perfectly fine with it … In either case, like a good Mother of Dragons, I’m always in control.”
I was followed into a party by a journalist who asked me a question about female empowerment and then quoted me entirely out of context for an outlet I didn’t agree to speak with. So I feel now, with the beauty of Instagram I should clarify my statements, if for nothing else than for posterity. In drama, if a nude scene forwards a story or is shot in a way that adds insight into characters, I’m perfectly fine with it. Sometimes explicit scenes are required and make sense for the characters/story, as they do in Westeros. If it’s gratuitous for gratuitous sake, then I will discuss with a director on how to make it more subtle. In either case, like a good Mother of Dragons, I’m always in control. #dracarys #bodiesmaybetemplesbutmindsarewhatmatter #MODforreal
As for this most recent scene, Clarke tells Entertainment Weekly that: “This is all me, all proud, all strong. That ain’t no body double.” It sounds like she is using her “control” to leave Mac and other body doubles in the dust for now — unlike other “GoT’ actresses who continue to use stand-ins.
So, the next question is an intriguing one: Why is it so important to know whose boobs and butt we’re looking at? Over the years, there have been some scenes where we’re watching Emilia, others when we are seeing Rosie, and likely others that are some sort of CG hodgepodge where somebody’s face is grafted onto somebody else’s body. Part of the magic of “Game of Thrones” is that it is a world where giants, dragons, White Walkers — and lots of attractive nude people — interact seamlessly. Although you may look for the strings, part of the fun is getting lost in its very effective show of digital puppetry.